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Porter named director at nursing home

After being interviewed on Tuesday, Scott Porter was named executive director of the Piatt County Nursing Home. Porter, who had been serving as interim director since the Oct. 6 firing of Gary Coulter, has worked at the Monticello nursing home since 2013, serving as social services director then assistant to the executive director.


Rec site support discussed by council

As money becomes tight, some Monticello city council members are having a crisis of faith when it comes to the city’s proposed 30-acre recreation complex.


Youth enjoy holiday tea in Bement

By Tabitha Elder
PCJR correspondent

The excitement was building as we approached our 1 p.m. time slot for the 7th Christmas Tea at the Lost in Time Museum in downtown Bement. The town was alive as community members and guests participated in annual Christmas in Bement traditions this second Saturday of December.


Teen found, then mom arrested

A Bement mom who reported her daughter missing was arrested herself after police say she had contact with that same daughter three days into a 15-day search for the supposedly missing child.


Cost cutting as nursing home looks for administrator

Piatt County officials are cutting costs at the county-owned nursing home while at the same time looking for the facility’s next director.


Fundraising to start for Shonkwiler memorial

The next step in erecting a memorial gazebo for late county judge John Shonkwiler will be for the Piatt County Board to approve the use of a portion of the courthouse lawn for that purpose.

It is likely just a formality due to the amount of respect the 40-year judge has in Monticello, but Piatt County Sheriff David Hunt felt it was the logical next step.


Missing Bement teen found safe in Champaign

A Bement teen reported missing on Nov. 20 was found safe in Champaign Tuesday afternoon.

Savannah Banks, who will turn 16 on Dec. 7, had disappeared from her Piatt County home. Her family notified the Piatt County Sheriff's Office, which had worked on the case for more than two weeks.


County approves opioid litigatin

Piatt County board members decided last week that litigation should be the next step in fighting opioid addiction issues in the county.


Police announce six drug arrests

Five Piatt County residents and a sixth from Urbana were arrested on drug charges recently by Task Force 6, in conjunction with the Piatt County Sheriff’s Office.

The suspects – wanted in connection with the investigation of illegal drug sales in the Piatt County area – were taken into custody on Nov. 20-21.


Candidates file for March primary

Two countywide elected offices will be contested on the March 20 Republican primary in Piatt County.

Two-term Sheriff David W. Hunt of Monticello will be challenged by Kyle R. Turngren of Cisco, both of whom filed nominating petitions last week.


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